Docket No. 108769.
THE STATE OF ILLINOIS
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, Appellee, v.
RICHARD D. KITCH, Appellant.
Opinion filed January 21, 2011.
JUSTICE FREEMAN delivered the judgment of the court, with
Chief Justice Kilbride and Justices Thomas, Garman, Karmeier,
Burke, and Theis concurred in the judgment and opinion.
Following a jury trial, defendant Richard Kitch was convicted of
nine counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and one
count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. The circuit court of
Schuyler County sentenced him to nine consecutive natural life prison
terms for predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, and a concurrent
14-year extended term for aggravated criminal sexual abuse. The
appellate court ordered the natural life prison terms to be served
concurrently rather than consecutively, and affirmed in all other
respects. 392 Ill. App. 3d 108. For the reasons set forth below, we
affirm the judgment of the appellate court.